Claiming Your Role as a Parent

Our older child adoption expert explains why control shouldn't be a dirty word when parenting your adopted child who has been hurt in the past.

Advice on parenting your adopted child
Some adoptive moms and dads have waited a long time to be parents, and then hesitate to do just that — be parents. Suddenly finding yourself at home with a child is strange, and it may take a while before you "feel like a parent." Many who adopt older children hold back deliberately, thinking, "Poor thing, she's been through so much. We should wait to impose rules, routines, and chores." Children who have experienced neglect or hurt during their first ...

Daring to parent an older child who has experienced hurt or neglect in the past will help him learn to trust and love.

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